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Which framework to use in PHP

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

While doing my freelancer projects I keep on monitoring what frameworks are out there. I have been working with Java for many years but have landed on PHP as smaller projects are much faster and easier to get off the ground. The more I observe Google Trends the more obvious it gets that Laravel is […]

“Everbody matters” book review

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

This book talks how Barry-Wehmiller company has managed to survive and thrive bad times. This parent company has made over 50 acquisitions and they are best experts of how to turn around companies from near bankruptcy. The mindset the book describes was discovered b accident. Starting to trust people and making sure the will be […]

Laravel 5 unit testing Form and TokenMismatchException in Middleware

Friday, December 26th, 2014

While unit testing in Laravel 4 you were able to turn off filters including CSRF check in testing environment. However in the Laravel 5 CSRF check has been move into the middleware and I have not yet found the way to turn CSRF check off easily. As TokenMismatchException will happen when testing controllers that are processing […]

Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Reading this book opened my eyes regarding the value of ones network of friends. You need help of other people in whatever you do. If you have the connections with needed people already before starting your new project then you will be off the ground much faster. One of the most important lessons in networking is […]

Laravel 5 Seeder not found

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

I tried to create new seeder in Laravel 5 and the seeder class was not found. I douoble checked like 10 times anddid not find what was wrong. Finally I tried “php artisan optimize” and the Seeder start working again! You can fix it also if you happen to get exception like this: exception ‘ReflectionException’ […]

Namespaces and Laravel 5 with Eloquent Model-s

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Recently I tried out the Laravel 5.  A lot has changed, overall it is using even more cutting edge technologies and best practices. On the other hand its learning curve is not so good anymore and this makes it harder for nwebie developers to start with it. Major change is that you have to deal […]

Apps for programmers to keep you healthy and fit

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Most IT people have trouble staying fit. I am also in upper limit of normal weight but I found some helpful apps recenlty. I believe that biggest problem is finding time to stay fit. Going to gym after works takes better part of the evening and you have to do it like 3 times a […]

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This is must read book that everyone should read. I even listened this audiobook twice in a row to grasp the concepts better. Have you wondered how typical US president career looks like? No, it is not advancing through all the voted positions one by one until you reach the top to become president. Instead […]

Startup CEO life is hard, experiences of Ben Horowitz

Monday, June 30th, 2014

If you are startup CEO or planning to be one then you will find many important lessons from book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” Book is very enjoyable to read, its almost like a thriller. It begins like biography of Ben from the times he […]

Teaching my 9 year old kid about money – Why A students work for C students

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Famous Robert T Kiyosaki who’s first bestseller was “Rich dad, poor dad” has written another book in sequence called “Why “A” Students Work for “C” Students and “B” Students Work for the Government”. This book feels like a vol 2 of “Rich dad, poor dad” I got so much inspiration from that book that I […]

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